Robyn Malcolm

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Robyn Malcolm

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Malcolm at the Green Party Campaign launch for the 2008 general election
Born (1965-03-15) 15 March 1965 (age 54)
Ashburton, New Zealand
Years active1988–present
Relatives Roger Sutton (brother-in-law)

Robyn Jane Malcolm MNZM (born 15 March 1965) [1] [2] is a New Zealand actress, who first gained recognition for her role as nurse Ellen Crozier on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street .

Ellen Crozier

Ellen Rosemary Crozier is a fictional character on the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street, who was portrayed by Robyn Malcolm for nearly 6 years in the mid to late nineties.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

<i>Shortland Street</i> New Zealand television soap opera

Shortland Street is a New Zealand prime-time soap opera centering on the fictitious Shortland Street Hospital, first broadcast on TVNZ 2 on 25 May 1992. It is the country's longest-running drama and soap opera, being broadcast continuously for over 6,000 episodes and over 27 years, and is one of the most watched television programmes in New Zealand.


She is best known for six seasons of playing Cheryl West, matriarch to a sometimes criminal working-class family in the television series Outrageous Fortune , Kirsty Corella in the Australian television series Rake , Julie Wheeler in Upper Middle Bogan and Marina Baxter in The Code . [3]

<i>Outrageous Fortune</i> (TV series) New Zealand television series

Outrageous Fortune is a New Zealand family comedy crime drama television series, which ran from 12 July 2005 to 9 November 2010 on TV3. The series followed the lives of the career criminal West family after the matriarch, Cheryl, decided the family should go straight and abide by the law. The show was created by James Griffin and Rachel Lang and produced by South Pacific Pictures.

<i>Rake</i> (Australian TV series) Australian television series

Rake is an Australian television program, produced by Essential Media and Entertainment, that first aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's ABC1 in 2010. The fourth series began on ABC TV on 19 May 2016. It stars Richard Roxburgh as rake Cleaver Greene, a brilliant but self-destructive Sydney barrister, defending a usually guilty client. The show airs in the United States on DirecTV's Audience Network and is available on Netflix in the UK, Ireland, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Czech Republic and Poland. A fifth and final series went into production in October 2017 and premiered on 19 August 2018.

Upper Middle Bogan is an Australian television comedy program created by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope. It began screening on ABC on 15 August 2013. The series is directed by Hope and Tony Martin. Upper Middle Bogan was renewed for a second series of eight episodes, which began airing from 16 October 2014. Series 3 of the show aired in 2016.

Early life and education

Malcolm was born in Canterbury, New Zealand. She attended Ashburton College, [4] and graduated from Toi Whakaari (New Zealand Drama School) in 1987. [5] She won an International Actors Fellowship at the Globe Theatre in London for 2003. [6]

Ashburton College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Ashburton, New Zealand. It opened in 1965 following the merger of two Ashburton secondary schools: Ashburton High School and Hakatere College, and moved to its current site in 1974. Serving Years 9 to 13, Ashburton College has a roll of 1214 students as of March 2019.

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School is New Zealand's foremost national drama school. It is located in Wellington, New Zealand, at a purpose built facility: Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre. Toi Whakaari offers training in acting, costume construction, performing arts management - and design for stage and screen. Toi Whakaari caters to around 130 students annually, who study for up to three years.

Globe Theatre 16th/17th-century theatre in London

The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed by an Ordinance issued on 6 September 1642.


Malcolm's first long-running television role was nurse Ellen Crozier in soap opera Shortland Street . She appeared on the show for five years and was nominated for Best Actress at the 1998 TV Guide Television Awards. She was nominated again for her lead role in television feature, Clare, based on the cervical cancer experiment at Auckland's National Women's Hospital which resulted in the Cartwright Inquiry.

The Cartwright Inquiry was a Commission of Inquiry held in New Zealand from 1987 – 1988. It was commissioned by the then Minister of Health, Michael Bassett to investigate the alleged malpractice of Associate Professor Herbert Green, a gynaecology and obstetrics specialist. The inquiry was headed by then District Court Judge Silvia Cartwright, later High Court Justice, Dame, and Governor-General of New Zealand.

In 1999, Malcolm was one of the founding members of the New Zealand Actors' Company along with Tim Balme, Katie Wolfe and Simon Bennett. The company produced and toured a number of successful stage productions throughout New Zealand.

Timothy Guy Balme is an actor and screenwriter from New Zealand. He's most well known for his roles on the long-running soap opera Shortland Street and Mercy Peak, as well as lead roles in the cult favourites Braindead and Jack Brown Genius. He most recently was a writer and actor on the television series The Almighty Johnsons.

Katie Wolfe is an actress and director from New Zealand.

In 2005, Malcolm took on the role of Cheryl West, matriarch of the West family, in Outrageous Fortune . Mixing comedy and drama, the show became one of the highest rating and awarded in New Zealand history. Malcolm won NZ television awards for the role including the Qantas TV Awards for Best Actress in 2005 and 2008, TV Guide Best Actress in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Air NZ Screen Awards Best Actress in 2007

Cheryl L. West is an American playwright.

Malcolm won the Woman's Day Readers' Choice Award for Favourite New Zealand Female Personality in 2005, and New Zealand's sexiest woman at the 2007 TV Guide Best on the Box awards. [7]

Malcolm co-starred in 2010 feature film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell, playing mother to a family obsessed with go-karting and motorsports. She has also had small roles in movies Absent Without Leave directed by John Laing, The Last Tattoo directed by John Reid, Gaylene Preston's Perfect Strangers, and Christine Jeffs' Sylvia. She had a minor role as Morwen in the second film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours, Malcolm was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to television and theatre. [8]



Absent Without Leave 1992Betty
The Last Tattoo1994Working girl
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002Morwen
Perfect Strangers 2003Aileen
Sylvia 20031st woman at Ted Hughes' lecture
Boogeyman 2005Dr. Matheson
The Lovely Bones 2009Foreman's wifeuncredited
The Hopes & Dreams of Gazza Snell2010Gail Snell
Burning Man 2011Kathryn Dent
Drift 2013Kat Kelly
Dream Baby2015MarianneShort film
Edith2016BarmaidShort film
Goodness Grows Here2017TrishShort film
Hostiles 2017Minnie McGowan
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Shark in the Park 1989JaniceGuest role (1 episode)
Shark in the Park1990–91Janet FinnGuest role (2 episodes)
Joyful & Triumphant1993RaewynTelevision film
Shortland Street 1994–99 Ellen Crozier Main role (60 episodes)
The Tribe 1999Ma'amGuest role (1 episode)
Clare2000Clare MathesonTelevision film
Op' Stars2000NarratorTelevision documentary
Atlantis High 2001Violet ProfusionGuest role (1 episode)
Mercy Peak 2003LizGuest role (2 episodes)
Intrepid Journeys 2003Herself1 episode
Serial Killers2004PaulineLead role (7 episodes)
Outrageous Fortune 2005–10 Cheryl West Lead role (107 episodes)
bro'Town 2009Herself1 episode
Big Night In2009HerselfTelevision special
The Jaquie Brown Diaries 2009HerselfGuest (1 episode)
Rake 2010–14Kirsty CorellaRecurring role (11 episodes)
Top of the Lake 2013AnitaSeries regular (series 1; 7 episodes)
Agent Anna 2013–14Anna KingstonLead role (16 episodes); also executive producer
Upper Middle Bogan 2013–presentJulie WheelerMain role (24 episodes)
Charlotte: A Life Without Limbs2014PresenterTelevision documentary
The Brokenwood Mysteries 2015Ruth PhelpsGuest role (1 episode)
The Principal 2015SonyaGuest role (1 episode)
Wanted 2016–18Donna WalshGuest role (6 episodes)
The Code 2016Marina BaxterMain role (series 2; 6 episodes)
Wake in Fright 2017Ursula Hynesminiseries
Harrow 2018Maxine PavichMain role (10 episodes)
The Outpost 2018ElinorMain role
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1988 The Threepenny Opera Lucy BrownDownstage Theatre
1988The Rivers of ChinaVariousDownstage Theatre
1988Les Liaisons dangereusesCecile de ValongesDownstage Theatre
1988JudyVariousDownstage Theatre
1988Jones & JonesIda BakerDownstage Theatre
1988GullsPuppeteerDownstage Theatre
1989 Twelfth Night Viola BATS Theatre
1989The Horse of Bernada AlbaMartirioDownstage Theatre
1989 Othello Bianca Downstage Theatre
1989Aunt DaisyVariousDownstage Theatre
1990Sweet NothingsVariousNZ Tour
1990 Serious Money Mary Lou Baines / VariousDownstage Theatre
1990 Macbeth Ross / Hecate Downstage Theatre
1990 Hamlet Ophelia BATS Theatre
1990End of the Golden WeatherVariousDownstage Theatre
1990Conquest of the South PoleLa BraukmanBATS Theatre
1991WeedRaewynCirca Theatre
1991Via SatelliteChrissyCirca Theatre
1991 The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily CardewDownstage Theatre
1991Songs for Uncle ScrimVariousCirca Theatre
1991A Pack of GirlsRaewynDownstage Theatre
1993 Two Weeks with the Queen VariousCirca Theatre
1993Lettice & LovageMiss FarmerCirca Theatre
1995 Othello Emilia Watershed Theatre
1999 Much Ado About Nothing BeatriceDownstage Theatre
2000 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie the CatDownstage Theatre
2000 A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania NZ Actors Company
2001A Way of LifeJennyNZ Actors Company
2001 A Midsummer Night's Dream TitaniaNZ Actors Company
2002 Middle-Age Spread JudyAuckland Theatre Company
2002Queen LeahKent / CaiusNZ Actors Company
2005 The Duchess of Malfi CariollaAuckland Theatre Company
2007 The Cut SusanSilo Theatre
2010 Happy Days Winnie Silo Theatre
2014 The Good Person of Szechwan Shen TehAuckland Theatre Company

Personal life

Malcolm has two sons. [9] Her sister is married to Roger Sutton, the former CEO of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. [10]


Malcolm voiced Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand advertisements for the New Zealand general election, 2008. [11]

Malcolm has helped spearhead an actors' union campaign to negotiate standard contracts for actors in The Hobbit films. The producers refused, saying that collective bargaining would be considered price-fixing and therefore illegal under New Zealand law. The situation escalated into international calls for an actors' boycott of the films, but the boycott was called off. Several days later, the producers said they were considering moving the films to another country as they could not be guaranteed stability in New Zealand. [12] In response, the ruling National Party made several controversial changes to New Zealand's employment laws, and passed legislation explicitly controlling people working on the Hobbit movies.

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